Cleanliness awareness urged for filariasis-free nation

Cleanliness awareness urged for filariasis-free nation

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There is no alternative to creating mass public awareness on the essence of cleanliness and destroying mosquito to ensure hygienic environment for building a filariasis-free Bangladesh.Mayor of Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) and valiant freedom fighter Alhaj Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu delivered the opinion at an advocacy meeting held today at City Bhaban hall room as the chief guest.Chief Executive Officer of RCC Ruhul Amin Khan presided over the meeting arranged for making the upcoming 10-day long mass tablet administering campaign under the National Filariasis Elimination Programme- 2015 successful.The campaign will be conducted with assistance of the Directorate of Health and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the auspices of the World Health Organisation (WHO).Director of the Directorate of Health Professor Dr Abul Khayer Mohammad Samsuzzaman, its Deputy Director Dr Rawshan Alam Khan Chowdhury, Divisional Director (Hath) Dr Anisur Rahman and Civil Surgeon Dr Mozammel Hossain spoke on the occasion.The health officials discussed the reasons behind spread of the curable disease and elaborated effectiveness of the long-term Multi-Drug Therapy treatment method.They suggested that the common people could get rid of filariasis disease to lead a normal life by reducing mosquito reproduction through adopting preventive measures and maintaining hygiene.Civil Surgeon Dr Mozammel Hossain said the disease is not a curse or a transmissible one, but instead, it is caused by bites from its germ carrier, which includes four female species of mosquito namely, anopheles, culex, aedes and manosonia.Chief Health Officer of RCC Dr Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz informed that more than 7.28 lakh people in all 33 RCC wards will be given the tablet from November 7 to 16 next in all 33 wards of the city under the programme.Children aged between 2 and 8 years will be given one Diethylcarbamazine Citrate tablet each, while children aged 8-12 years will be given two tablets each and children above 12 years age group will get three tablets each.The health workers and volunteers of RCC will visit door to door with the tablets from 9 am to 5 pm daily.However, the tablets will not be provided to children under the age of 2, pregnant women and seriously ill people, he said.The chief guest urged the concerned health officials, workers and employees, volunteers and common people to make the National Filariasis Elimination Programme a success for freeing the country from filariasis.BSS, Rangpur

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